Academic Degradation

Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics: Reconstructing Patristic and Medieval Concepts
by Jame Schaefer
Georgetown University Press, 2009
(336 pages, $29.95, paperback)

reviewed by R. V. Young

The aim of Jame Schaefer’s new book is wholly admirable: She sets out to show that Christian theology of the patristic and medieval periods can provide a basis for ethical behavior in the face of a widely acknowledged abuse of the natural environment common among modern societies. To this end, she has compiled a good deal of information from contemporary scientific sources about ecology, biological evolution, and cosmology. In addition, she has explored the work of a substantial number of theologians and the . . .

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R. V. Young R. V. Young is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and the editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His most recent book is a bilingual edition of Justus Lipsius' Concerning Constancy (De Constantia libri duo). He and his wife are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Florida. They have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren.

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